ENCH496-20S1 (C) Semester One 2020

Advanced Separations

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 17 February 2020
End Date: Sunday, 21 June 2020
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Friday, 28 February 2020
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Friday, 29 May 2020


Advanced topics in separation methods including: packed column distillation, evaporation, mass-transfer fundamentals in separations, advanced membrane separation, supercritical technology, sedimentation and centrifugation.

AIM: This course develops further the study of separation methods introduced in ENCH396.  It aims to provide understanding of, and the ability to analyse, a wider range of process separation operations and to select the appropriate technology for a particular separation. The course provides knowledge and skills needed in ENCH494 (Process Design 3) and useful to chemical and process engineering graduates.  The course will cover the following topics:

• Packed column and multi-component distillations            
• Evaporation            
• Membrane separations
• Rapid/slow sand filtration            
• Adsorption processes                    
•  Introduction to supercritical technology        (Invited lecturer)
• Separations in water and waste waster engineering    
• Pervaporation
• Mechanical separations
• Separations in air quality control

Learning Outcomes

  • At the end of the course the students are expected to be able to:
  • Develop process designs for any of the separations covered with a fundamental understanding of the physical and chemical phenomena occurring.
  • Be able to select appropriate separation techniques for chemical processing from separations covered in ENCH396, ENCH496 and others.
  • Carry out detailed design calculations for separation processes.


Timetable 2020

Students must attend one activity from each section.

Lecture A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Friday 12:00 - 13:00 17 Feb - 22 Mar
20 Apr - 31 May
Lecture B
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Thursday 10:00 - 11:00 17 Feb - 22 Mar
20 Apr - 31 May
Lecture C
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Tuesday 11:00 - 12:00 17 Feb - 29 Mar
20 Apr - 31 May
Tutorial A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Friday 14:00 - 15:00 Live Stream Available 27 Apr - 31 May

Examination and Formal Tests

Test A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Thursday 18:30 - 20:30 20 Apr - 26 Apr

Timetable Note

Lectures: 36 (3 hours per week)

Course Coordinator / Lecturer

Alex Yip


Assessment Due Date Percentage 
Final Exam 60%
Test 02 Apr 2020 20%
Assignment 01 May 2020 20%

Textbooks / Resources

Recommended Reading

Seader, J. D. , Henley, Ernest J., Roper, D. Keith; Separation process principles : chemical and biochemical operations; 3rd ed; Wiley, 2011.

Required text:  There is no textbook recommended for this course.
Recommended Texts:  Separation Process Principles: Chemical and Biochemical Operations/by Seader, Henley and Roper; 3rd Ed.; Wiley


Pre-requisite: ENCH396

Additional Course Outline Information

Assessment and grading system

The material in the course will be assessed by a test and a final exam.

Late submission of work

50% deduction for late submissions

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $1,102.00

International fee $5,500.00

* Fees include New Zealand GST and do not include any programme level discount or additional course related expenses.

Minimum enrolments

This course will not be offered if fewer than 10 people apply to enrol.

For further information see Chemical and Process Engineering.

All ENCH496 Occurrences

  • ENCH496-20S1 (C) Semester One 2020